Four Omani bodybuilders banned for two years

From left: Kamil, Nasser, Waleed and Anwar (Muscat Daily)

The Oman Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Committee (OBWC) has confirmed that four Omani bodybuilders failed dope tests during the second Asian Beach Games in Muscat.

The four have been banned for two years from the sport. As Muscat Daily first reported on January 15, Nasser al Maskari, silver medallist in the 75kg category, Waleed al Hasani, 80kg bronze medallist, and Kamil al Muqaimi, 60kg fifth place finisher, failed the tests during the December 8-16 event. The other Omani bodybuilder who failed the test is Anwar al Balushi, the 80kg silver medallist.

“We have received a letter from the Oman Olympic Committee informing us that four of our bodybuilders failed the dope tests at the 2010 Asian Beach Games in Muscat in December,” Saif bin Mattar Auladthani, OBWC chairman, said in a press statement issued by the Ministry of Sports Affairs.

“The four include two silver medallists and one bronze medallist, while the fourth finished fifth in his competition. The medals of all the three have been forfeited and the quartet has been banned for two years.”

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) had confirmed recently that a total of six bodybuilders had failed the tests during the event. The other two positive tests came from Thailand and Iraq.

According to the World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation (WBPF), the body that conducted the competition during the Breach Games along with Asian Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (ABFF) under the auspices of OCA, the results of the six bodybuilders have been annulled and the medals withdrawn.

Prior to the Games, the WBPF made it mandatory for all the competing bodybuilders to undergo dope tests as part of its efforts to make the sport clean. It has now amended its scoresheets and released a new list of medal winners in the respective events.

Subsequently, Issa al Hasani (85kg, gold) remains Oman's only bodybuilding medal winner at the Games. With three medals withdrawn, Oman's final tally at the Games is now 12, including five gold, one silver and six bronze to remain third overall in the standings.

Reacting to the development, Datuk Paul Chua, WBPF and ABBF secretary-general, told Muscat Daily from Singapore, “We had objected strongly to countries participating without doping certificates, but the OCA Medical Committee went ahead and allowed Oman, Iraq and other countries to participate. This is the end result. What can we do?

“Out of the six, five are affiliated to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (a rival association). Only the Thai bodybuilder is from WBPF. This is solid proof that the IFBB does not care for their athletes.”

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